Short turnaround no problem for Boks: Louw

Date published: October 7 2015

Springbok flanker Francois Louw believes the short turnaround period, from their last match, will not have an adverse effect on the team ahead of their Pool B fixture against the United States on Wednesday.

The Boks completed a tough fixture against Scotland at St James' last Saturday and there has been little time for them to recover ahead of what is still a critical fixture in this World Cup campaign.

Under different circumstances the Springboks might have employed some squad rotation ahead of the United States match.

However, Heyneke Meyer has opted to not take any chances and has placed greater value on consistency this week. Louw is confident the coach has made the right choice.

"There's a lot of emphasis placed on recovery, we've only played three games," explained Louw.

"It's usually how the season does go… often you do play a lot of games consecutively.

The Bath stalwart acknowledged that the United States fixture will be a challenge nevertheless.

"There’s obviously a shorter turnaround with this game because we're playing tomorrow again, so it is a little bit tough on the body, it is challenging," added Louw.

"But all the teams have to go through it. It's something that we've prepared for mentally. We knew it was coming. All you can really do is just get on with the job." 

Under these circumstances a considerable amount of work has been done by the management team to ensure that the players are adequately prepared for the physical challenges that lie ahead. Louw thinks the Boks have been no exception in this respect.

"A big emphasis has been placed on managing the players, making sure the recovery is 100 percent – getting enough rest, sleep, the diet is correct… so far, so good," he said.